• Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders! Located in Kasese District of Uganda, this Uganda safari park has various ecosystems.

Named after Queen Elizbeth II, this park was previously named Kazinga National Park. The gazetting of Queen Elizabeth National Park has long ensured the conservation of its ecosystems for decades, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.

 Some of the activities to carry out in this popular national park include wildlife viewing (primary activity) in Kasenyi, Mweya and Ishasha sectors, Chimpanzee tracking in the exhilarating Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu forest or Maramagambo forest, Hot air ballooning and local community visits.

Other interesting activities include hiking and nature walks, bird watching, launch cruises on the Kazinga Channel, lion tracking, a visit to the explosion crater and a visit to the Katwe salt works.

 There is no specific best time to visit Uganda for a safari to Queen Elizabeth Narional Park.Tourists can visit Queen Elizabeth National Park at any time of the year.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

However, the best experiences are got during the months of June to September and December to January respectively. This wildlife park is not only among the best wildlife viewing destinations, but is also Uganda’s most popular tourist destination.

When you go gorilla trekking in Bwindi, endeavor to add a visit to this lovely park as they are not so far away from each other. It’s also easier to connect QENP with Kibale Forest National Park just in case you want to try out its Chimpanzee trekking experience.

The ecosystems are made up of sprawling savanna, shadowy, moist forests, lakes and fertile wetlands. That makes Queen Elizabeth National Park a good home to various species of wildlife, primates and birds. By extension, this has made Queen Elizabeth National Park a haven for Uganda tours and Uganda safari.

Location of Queen Elizabeth National Park

One would wonder where Queen Elizabeth National Park is Located? Well, Queen Elizabeth National Park is found in the western part of Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park lies between Lakes Gorge and Albert with the Kazinga Channel crossing through its 700 sq mile land area. The park was named after the Queen of England in 1954 following her visit.

Queen Elizabeth National Park lies against the back of the great Rwenzori Mountains with stunning and panoramic views that are made up of various crater lakes.

These lakes are carved dramatically into the green rolling hills. When you visit, you will reward yourself with magical sights of the Kazinga Channel.

This channel’s shores are infested with hippopotamuses, elephants and buffaloes. You will also see the Savannah plains of Ishasha, whose fig trees obscure tree climbing lions that are ever ready to knock on herds of the famous Ugandan Kob.

Just like the sights and attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda does have a rich cultural background too.

There are many scenarios and opportunities for tourists to meet up with the local communities and be part of amazing cultural activities like traditional dances, storytelling moments, listening to traditional music and more. You can further engage in community projects and leave footprints behind.

How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park

the park is located about 389 km from the capital Kampala and can be accessed wither by road on a 6h 30min drive via Masaka Road or by a charter flight.

Top Attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tree Climbing Lions

There are not so many prides of tree climbing lions in the whole world. In Queen Elizabeth National Park you can explore the southern Ishasha sector to track these lions commonly seen up in the fig and acacia trees.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tree climbing lions are also known as, cactus climbing lions.There is only two population of these mysterious tree climbing lions in the whole world. You will find them in Ishasha sector in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth national park and Lake Manyara national park in the southern part of Tanzania.

The fact that these are not climbing animals makes these big cats a major attraction for the tourists that visit East Africa.

 The Kazinga Channel

This natural water channel connects Lakes Albert and Gorge and is home to a large number of hippos, Nile Crocodiles, elephants and hippos which can easily be seen on the thrilling Kazinga Boat Ride

Kazinga Channel is a wide 32km long water body that connects the Lake Edward to Lake George in the south western part of Uganda.

The water body is found in the Queen Elizabeth national park and is a habour for many wild animals. Kazinga channel shores are know for having wild life like Elephants, Hippos and Nile Crocodiles. It is a major attraction as tourists take a boat cruise across its shores to view the magnificent wildlife scenery.

 Mweya Peninsula

This is a stretch of land that protrudes into Lake Edwards is commonly visited during game drives as it offers perfect game views while exploring the various game tracks.

Mweya Peninsular is a piece of land that juts into the Lake Edward. It’s a one of kind looking pieces of land and tourists come here to visit the land occasionally.

Mweya peninsular comprises of the Kazinga channel track part of it being covered by candle stick thorns with the outlying impressive Savannah making it an excellent area for game viewing, this zone has got several game tracking points which must be followed during game drives.

The Katwe Explosion Crater Lakes

These lakes found in the northern part are found on the highest elevation of the park. from here tourists enjoy sweeping views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges, the western rift valley escarpments and lakes George and Edward.

Lake Katwe Explosion Craters are located north of Mweya peninsular. They are the highest elevation within Queen Elizabeth national park in Western Uganda.

You can get to see the great western rift valley of Africa and the escarpments during the drive. You will also see Lake George, a chance of Mountain Rwenzori ranges and Kazinga Channel that connects Lake Edward to Lake George.

 Lake Katwe Salt Works

Within the alkaline Lake Katwe, salt mining works have been ongoing for several years since that is the main economic activity in the area. Consequently a large number of tourists visit here to learn and observe the traditional method of salt mining

Lake Katwe Salt Works is a salt water lake and lake katwe is located north of Mweya peninsular, in the south western part of Uganda with in Queen Elizabeth national park.

 It has been a source of rock salt for years and has salt mining has been a major economic activity in the surroundings. Tourists visit this area to learn and look at the lake with a sanile smell because of its sulphurous chemicals which form the salt.

 The Kyambura Gorge

This verdant forested 100 meter deep valley with peculiar is home to a large number of primates and popular for Chimpanzee tracking tours in Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kyambura Gorge is the magnificent valley of apes in the Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda situated in the Eastern part of the park. This is drain by river kyambura.

It was formed by the disorderly waters of River Kyambura. It’s about 100 metres deep the site of the land scape is so breath taking and one of the best u can find in the world.

Maragambo Forest

Maramagambo forest is located in the Queen Elizabeth national park in south western part of Uganda bounded by “lake nyamadindiri” and “lake kyasanduka”. Tourists mostly love this forest for its bat caves and resident African rock pythons. Many come around to visit this wide vegetation.

 Kasenyi Plains

These plains are popularly visited by tourists on a Uganda Wildlife Safari as they are home to a very large number of antelopes, the Uganda Kobs, lions and several large predators

Kasenyi plains are found in the north Eastern part of and some times known as Mweya. Queen Elizabeth national park is in western part of Uganda.

These plains are also known as Kasenyi sector the plains are fascinating with endless views of Savannah’s with roaming antelopes and Uganda Kob. The Kasenyi plains is also home to numerous lions, leopards and many other cats.

 Kalinzu Forest

This is offers very rewarding chimpanzee tracking experiences and it is located on the southeastern corner of the park.

Kalinzu Forest is located in the south Eastern edge of the Queen Elizabeth national park and is one of a must destinations in your list at the park with better chimpanzee tracking than in Kyambura George.

Kyambura Wildlife Reserve

Kyambura Wildlife Reserve is one of the known areas of Queen Elizabeth national park with extraordinary views of wildlife, primates, butterflies and many other things to be included in ones travel list.

It’s bordered by kyambura Gorge to the west kyambura is situated on the north Eastern side of Queen Elizabeth national park and also links to the Kazinga channel, forming it’s northern boundary villages and village plantations lie to the southern end of kyambura game reserve.

Lake George

Lake George is found near Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda, it’s situated in the western part of the great African rift valley. It covers and area of about 250 kilometers squared and its depth is about 2.4 metres hence small and shallow.

Tour Activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lion Tracking

Mainly tourists come to Queen Elizabeth National Park for lion Tracking and they get a chance to get an upclose session with the lions and get to study their behaviors.
Game Viewing

During the game viewing activity one gets a chance to view various animals including giraffes, leopards, elephants, hippos, flamingoes, pelicans and many others including reptiles.

Chimpanzee Tracking

During chimpanzee tracking, tourists get to go on with their guides to track chimpanzees in the forests and get to study and understand how they live.

Hot Air Balloon

This is an activity where the tourists together with their guides get a chance to take a flight I the hot air balloons so as to catch an aerial view of the park, the wild life, the riftvalley, lakes , etc .


Some tourists come to Queen Elizabeth national park to go bird watching and get a glimpse of the various bird species that the park has to offer.

Accomodation in Queen Elizabeth National Park

With a wide variety to lodges, campsites, hotels and tented Camps, Queen Elizabeth National Park offers accommodation for everyone like the Ishasha Wilderness Camp Queen Elizabeth National Park irrespective of your budget and these ranges from luxury, mid-range to budget facilities.

When one visits Queen Elizabeth National Park, after a day of tours they get a chance to visit various lodges, hotels and camp sites where they get to rest and refreshen. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a wide range of accomodations ranging from Luxury, to midrange and budget lodges.

With the help of a good tour company, you will be able to book the accomodation facility that suits your budget.

Some of the lodges offered when you visit Queen Elizabeth National Park include: Mweya Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari Camp, Elephant Plains Lodge, Elephant Hub Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth Safari Camp, Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge, Ishasha Tented Camp and Kitandara Hippo Hill Lodge.

Best time to Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The Dry season that runs from January to February and from June to September is considered the best time to visit with the peak safari time in Uganda being from June to September, while Migratory species arrive in August to December, and March to May offering the best birding time.